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Eight Ways To Politely Decline a Job Offer

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December 2 2022 - Receiving a job offer can be exciting, but sometimes, you’re just not interested in the position. There are many reasons why you might turn down an offer, and we’ve compiled this list of eight ways to politely decline a job offer that you might find helpful if you’re ever in this situation.

Thank them for their time

Here are some helpful phrases you can use: I'll have to decline. It was great meeting you. I would love the opportunity, but unfortunately it doesn't work out for me at this time. I'm afraid I won't be able to take this position because .

Explain your decision

Explain your decision in or less. Remember, you can still be cordial and thoughtful about the company.

Keep it short and sweet

Don't be afraid to politely decline a job offer. If you're not sure why you are declining the offer, then there is no need for them to know. Here are some ways:

  • I’m not sure I am the best fit for this position.
  • I'm sorry but I've reconsidered my decision about moving and will remain where I am currently employed.
  • I have decided that I would like to pursue other opportunities at this time.

Avoid burning bridges

No matter how excited you are about the idea of your new job, you should always be as polite as possible when declining an offer. The following are some tips on how to respectfully decline a job offer:

  • Be honest and direct.
  • Don't give vague answers like I'm not sure.
  • Explain why it's not the right fit for your skills or interests.

Be assertive

Declining an offer is never easy. It's even harder when you really want the job, so let them know how much you appreciate their offer but that it just won't work out.

Don't be afraid to negotiate

Before declining the offer, you might want to consider negotiating for more vacation time or a higher salary. If the company cannot meet your requests, you may decide not to take the job. However, if they are able to meet your requests and you still choose not to take the job offer, be sure and thank them for their time.

Be thankful

Be thankful for the offer and say that you would like to spend more time thinking about it. I want you to know how much I appreciate your offer, but I need some time before making a decision.

Wish them the best

Wish them the best with their future endeavours and let them know you have decided not to accept the offer. There are plenty of other opportunities out there, so they shouldn't take it personally. If you need some time before responding, let them know you'll be in touch soon and follow up as quickly as possible. And remember, once you're done negotiating your salary and benefits for the new job, don't forget about what's happening at your current job.



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